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Shortarmguy Visits The Minnesota Zoo
January 31, 2010
This is Alan Daly. He found Shortarmguy.com about six years after doing a web search for funny videos. He told me he's been coming back ever since. Alan lives relatively close by to us and asked if he could buy me a beer some time, so I took him up on his offer. Oh sure, we made a lot of stalker jokes before we went, but actually found him to be a very nice guy. Although I'm not sure why he wanted me to ride home with him in the trunk of his car. I'm guessing that's just the way he is with people.
Another Saturday, another basketball game watching Avery play. I remember he either made a basket or a steal in this shot, but I'll be darned if I can remember which.
After the game, we drove to the Minnesota Zoo to mess with the animals.
The Coral Reef is neat to see through the glass wall underneath, but the real action happens up-top where you have access to the fish. Sadly though, no matter how many times Miss Sheri tried, they just wouldn't eat her spit.
I tried to tell Avery the story of the time we brought him to this wave pool when he was around 4 years old. He was leaning way in to touch the Starfish like I'm doing here. Somehow, his mom and I lost control of him and he fell over head first into the water. He was soaked from his elbows to the top of his head and not very happy about it. Well, Avery didn't want to hear anything about that story! The boy's got too much pride.
Luke loves to tease the frogs. He taunts them regarding the fact that he has more fingers than they do. He doesn't get to do that with very many people.
We were able to get a lot of nice animal pictures while we were there. It's interesting to see Raccoons in a natural state like this. Normally when we see them in real life, they're immersed deep in a garbage can.
I must say there is no picture I like better than a good old fashioned Beaver Shot.
I thought this bird was really interesting. Right after I took this picture, I told Luke to get close to it. He took a step towards it and freaked the thing out so much that he nearly took off Miss Sheri's head as he flew past her. I hope he didn't break any of those Funky Feathers on his head!
It takes a lot of worms to feed all them birds!
Things never work out very well when one of the penguins wanders into one of the sea lion pools.
(Whoops. Not sure how that photo snuck in here. It's actually from the National Geographic Website.)
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